Brazil began growing sugar in the 16th century and shortly thereafter, created cachaca. The spirit became an institution and is now Brazil’s most popular alcoholic beverage.
Distillers produce the liquor using pure sugar cane. Internationally, cachaca is most commonly used to mix cocktails, particularly the caipirinha, made of cachaca, sugar, and lime.
Are you eager to try Brazil’s favorite liquor but don’t know where to start? We’ve collected the best cachacas to guide your experimentation.
What is Cachaça?
Cachaça, which is pronounced “kah-SHAH-sah,” is a distilled alcohol produced from just fresh sugar cane juice. Although many people mistake it for rum, cachaça is actually a distinct spirit that frequently does better in sales than both gin and tequila.
Is Cachaça Rum?
Although it was initially described as a sort of rum when it was first brought to the USA, cachaça is not rum.
Despite the fact that both cachaça and rum are sugar-based distillates, cachaça derives from freshly squeezed sugar cane juice whereas rum typically uses molasses or other sugar leftovers as a foundation.
Cachaça has a different flavor from rum as well, featuring a more moderate sweetness and a clean, tropical flavor.
Whether you’re a cachaca novice or a seasoned veteran of the spirit, this list has a drink for you. These are Brazil’s best cachacas, perfect for making cocktails or sipping alone.
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